I was on my mission when President Hinckley announced the creation of new smaller temples, one hundred temples by the end of the century. That’s the first example that comes to mind, of when I felt the Spirit tell me that President Hinckley was a prophet of God. As a missionary I saw how much strength came from temple attendance. Those members who had sacrificed to make temple covenants brought depth and strength to their branches. I read the announcement of smaller temples and rejoiced. I felt… that thrill of the Spirit, the confirming testimony that I always welcome, telling me that President Hinckley, in this new direction, was led by God.
And I’ve felt that same confirming witness many times: sitting in the Conference center as I heard him tell the story of the black walnut tree that became the new pulpit; listening to him preach “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children” to the saints in Guayaquil, Ecuador; feeling the sudden hush of the Marriott Center crowd as he walked into a BYU devotional and waved his cane at us.
I’m glad for his sake that he has been released from this life, led to the next, reunited with his beloved wife. But oh, I will miss him.